Those Whom I Would Like to Meet Again (Lithuanian Literature Series)

By Giedra Radvilaviciute

Translated by means of Elizabeth Novickas

Ten tales at the border of fiction and essay, within which the reports of lifestyles “are unrecognizably remodeled, just like the flour, eggs, nuts, and apples in a cake.”
In ten of her top essay-stories, Giedra Radvilavičiūtė travels among the ridiculous and the chic, the standard and the extreme. within the position of plot, which the writer claims to have had “shot and buried with the correct honors,” the reader unearths a dense, subtly interwoven constitution of reminiscence and truth, banalities and fable, all served up with an exceptional dollop of absurdity and humor. We go back and forth from the previous city of Vilnius to Chicago’s Brighton Park local, from the beach to a neighborhood delicatessen, all in a story college as exquisitely specified as a bouquet of plant life. As in all of her paintings, Radvilavičiūtė performs with the genres of fiction and nonfiction, essay and brief tale, during which the reports of lifestyles “are unrecognizably remodeled, just like the flour, eggs, nuts, and apples in a cake.”

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The Best Writing on Mathematics 2015

By Mircea Pitici

This annual anthology brings jointly the year's best arithmetic writing from worldwide. that includes promising new voices along a number of the most well known names within the box, The top Writing on arithmetic 2015 makes to be had to a large viewers many articles no longer simply stumbled on anyplace else--and you don't want to be a mathematician to take pleasure in them. those writings provide fantastic insights into the character, which means, and perform of arithmetic at the present time. They delve into the heritage, philosophy, educating, and daily occurrences of math, and take readers backstage of brand new most well liked mathematical debates.

Here David Hand explains why we should always truly count on not going coincidences to ensue; Arthur Benjamin and Ethan Brown unveil innovations for improvising customized magic quantity squares; Dana Mackenzie describes how mathematicians are making crucial contributions to the improvement of man-made biology; Steven Strogatz tells us why it is worthy writing approximately math for those that are alienated from it; Lisa Rougetet strains the earliest written descriptions of Nim, a favored video game of mathematical approach; Scott Aaronson seems to be on the unforeseen implications of trying out numbers for randomness; and lots more and plenty, a lot more.

In addition to providing the year's such a lot memorable writings on arithmetic, this must-have anthology contains a bibliography of alternative awesome writings and an advent by way of the editor, Mircea Pitici. This ebook belongs at the shelf of someone attracted to the place math has taken us--and the place it truly is headed.

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Joss Whedon and Religion: Essays on an Angry Atheist's Explorations of the Sacred

By Anthony R. Mills, John W. Morehead, K. Dale Koontz

It is a number of new essays at the non secular topics in, and the consequences of, the works of Joss Whedon, writer of such exhibits as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, and extra lately author and director of the box-office hit Marvel's The Avengers. The ebook addresses such issues as ethics, racism, feminism, politics, witchcraft, non secular transformation, identification, neighborhood, heroism, apocalypse, and different theologically major subject matters of Whedon's artistic companies. The disciplinary ways differ besides; historical past, theology, philosophy of faith, phenom­enology, cultural reviews, and non secular experiences are all hired. some of the essay authors fluctuate in that a few are in actual fact believers in God, a few are in actual fact now not, and others depart that subject apart.

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Insurrections of the Mind: 100 Years of Politics and Culture in America

To commemorate the one centesimal anniversary of The New Republic, a rare anthology of essays culled from the files of the acclaimed and influential magazine.

Founded via Herbert Croly and Walter Lippmann in 1914 to offer voice to the turning out to be innovative circulate, The New Republic has charted and formed the nation of yank liberalism, publishing a number of the 20th century’s most crucial thinkers.

Insurrections of the Mind is an highbrow biography of this nice American political culture. In seventy essays, prepared chronologically via decade, a gorgeous choice of writers discover the pivotal problems with glossy the United States. Weighing in at the New Deal; America’s function in conflict; the increase and fall of communism; faith, race, and civil rights; the economic climate, terrorism, expertise; and the women’s flow and homosexual rights, the essays during this striking quantity communicate to The New Republic’s breathtaking ambition and achieve. Introducing every one article, editor Franklin Foer offers colourful biographical sketches and a laugh anecdotes from the magazine’s background. daring and remarkable, Insurrections of the Mind is a party of a cultural, political, and highbrow establishment that has stood the attempt of time.

Contributors contain: Virginia Woolf, Vladimir Nabokov, George Orwell, Graham Greene, Philip Roth, Pauline Kael, Michael Lewis, Zadie Smith, William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, James Wolcott, D. H. Lawrence, John Maynard Keynes, Langston Hughes, John Updike, and Margaret Talbot.

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Zoom: How Everything Moves: From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees

From the rate of sunshine to relocating mountains--and every thing in between--ZOOM explores how the universe and its gadgets move.

If you take a seat as nonetheless as you could in a quiet room, you're capable of persuade your self that not anything is relocating. yet air currents are nonetheless wafting round you. Blood rushes via your veins. The atoms on your chair jiggle furiously. in truth, the planet you're sitting on is whizzing via house thirty-five instances swifter than the rate of sound.

Natural movement dominates our lives and the difficult mechanics of the area round us. In ZOOM, Bob Berman explores how movement shapes each point of the universe, actually from the floor up. With an unique type and a present for distilling the wondrous, Berman spans astronomy, geology, biology, meteorology, and the historical past of technology, uncovering how clouds remain aloft, how the Earth's rotation curves a house run's flight, and why a mosquito's time-honored whine resembles a telephone's dial tone.

For readers who like to get smarter with no understanding it, ZOOM bursts with technological know-how writing at its most sensible.

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Pot Stories for the Soul

By Paul Krassner

The items in Pot tales for the Soul are humorous, whimsical, extraordinary, poignant, informational, surprising, and, yeah, soulful. they're approximately love, hate, break out, fact, the mystical, Allen Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, Michelle Phillips, Hunter Thompson, Abbie Hoffman, Wavy Gravy and peanut butter. finally, those tales display the huge, bizarre, and beautiful tradition of stoners, the place the reefers are mad, the joints are fats, and the excitement lasts for six-and-a-half days.

Mainstream the USA has had an uneasy dating with marijuana. as soon as a felony substance, the Nineteen Thirties observed a huge crusade opposed to the "Devil's Harvest" that resulted in pot being rendered unlawful. within the Sixties, marijuana turned one of many defining components of the counterculture earlier than once more being shunted to the sidelines. during the last decade, although, marijuana has long gone mainstream and has been the subject of seminars, expos, live shows, comedy workouts, videos, television indicates, and faculty classes around the country.

Originally released via High Times in 1999, Pot tales for the Soul received the Firecracker substitute publication Award and in addition turned a high quality Paperback ebook membership choice. This brand-new variation comprises numerous new essays through Paul Krassner, plus his foreword, his afterword, and the evolution of hashish sanity in between.

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Why More Is Different: Philosophical Issues in Condensed Matter Physics and Complex Systems (The Frontiers Collection)

The physics of condensed topic, not like quantum physics or cosmology, isn't frequently linked to deep philosophical questions. in spite of the fact that, as technological know-how - mostly because of extra robust desktops - turns into able to analysing and modelling ever extra advanced many-body structures, easy questions of philosophical relevance come up. questions on the emergence of constitution, the character of cooperative behaviour, the results of the second one legislation, the quantum-classical transition and plenty of different concerns. This publication is a suite of essays by way of major physicists and philosophers. every one investigates a number of of those matters, using examples from sleek condensed topic learn. Physicists and philosophers alike will locate mind-blowing and stimulating rules in those pages.

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Multiply/Divide: On the American Real and Surreal

In the way of Calvino's Invisible Cities, Wendy S. Walters's essays deftly discover the psyches of towns comparable to Chicago, Detroit, long island, Portsmouth, and Washington, D.C. In "Cleveland," she interviews an African-American playwright who attracts nice reports, yet cannot muster an viewers. An on-air cellphone chat among a DJ and his listeners drives a dialogue of race and foodstuff in "Chicago Radio." In "Manhattanville" the writer, out for a stroll along with her biracial son, is wrong for his nanny. every one essay explores societal questions—how eras of huge development can go away us not able to prosper from that development, how locations meant for defense turn into fraught with probability, and the way race and gender bias threaten our groups. Walters's haunting utterances are superbly targeted estimations of a spot and its people.

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In Search of Wonder: Essays on Modern Science Fiction

Notes from inside of entrance hide: within the decade from 1951 to 1960, Damon Knight used to be the phenomenal critic of technological know-how fiction books. Knight's stories weren't mere statements of his own personal tastes - his skillful essays analyzed the books and informed why they have been strong or undesirable, to the edification of readers, the pride of excellent writers, and the embarrassment of undesirable ones. Believing that his paintings deserved extra permanence than can be present in its unique journal book, creation introduced out the recognized first version on looking for ask yourself in 1956. during this booklet Knight wove his essays into chapters on many features of technological know-how fiction and delusion, starting from 'Classics' to 'Chuckleheads.' The sale was once regular and the call for persevered lengthy after the constrained variation was once offered out. A moment booklet used to be deliberate, yet different actions avoided Knight from completing it. fortunately, creation was once capable of convince him to combine many of the new fabric into this moment variation. the result's a publication that's greater than fifty percentage longer than the 1st version - in impact, a brand new booklet. if you happen to neglected the 1st version of looking for ask yourself - here's your likelihood. should you learn the 1st variation, you know the way solid it used to be, and you'll wish this enlarged version only for the extra material!"

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Through the Window: Seventeen Essays and a Short Story (Vintage International)

By Julian Barnes

From the guy Booker Prize-winning writer of The experience of an Ending and considered one of Britain’s maximum writers: a super selection of essays at the books and authors that experience intended the main to him all through his illustrious career.
 
In those seventeen essays (plus a brief tale and a distinct preface, “A lifestyles with Books”), Julian Barnes examines the British, French and American writers who've formed his writing, in addition to the cross-currents and overlappings in their various cultures. From the deceptiveness of Penelope Fitzgerald to the directness of Hemingway, from Kipling’s view of France to the French view of Kipling, from the numerous translations of Madame Bovary to the fabulations of Ford Madox Ford, from the nationwide Treasure prestige of George Orwell to the depression of Michel Houellebecq, Julian Barnes considers what fiction is, and what it could do. As he writes, “Novels let us know the main fact approximately existence: what it's, how we are living it, what it'd be for, how we get pleasure from and cost it, and the way we lose it.”

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